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Thomas Dunne Books
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429909488256 Pages
A fascinating study of Edward Hopper's iconic Nighthawks painting and its deep significance for understanding American culture.
Staying up Much Too Late discusses the painting Nighthawks and the painter Edward Hopper and their central importance to twentieth-century American culture. Topics include individualism, New York City, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, diners, pornography, capitalism, advertising, cigarettes, American philosophy, World War II, Gravity's Rainbow, Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction, Russ Meyer, R. Crumb, David Lynch, and film noir
What links these together is the painting's pessimistic take on American culture, which it also seems to epitomize. Despite its desolate feel, Nighthawks has become a familiar icon, reproduced on posters and postcards, in movies and on television shows. But Nighthawks is more than just a masterful painting. It is a portal into that rarely acknowledged but pervasive dark side of the American psyche.
Staying Up Much Too Late
The Making of the Painting, or How to Be a Stranger in Your Own Land
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
--RALPH WALDO EMERSON